"How can I know all the sins lurking in my heart? Cleanse me from these hidden faults. Keep your servant from deliberate sins! Don't let them control me. Then I will be free from guilt and innocent of great sin."
We all sin everyday. Paul tells us in Romans 3:23:
"For all have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God."
Whether we realize our sin or not, it's there, this is the issue of all hearts.
"Now go and learn the meaning of this Scripture: 'I want you to show mercy, not offer sacrifices.' For I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners." Matthew 9:13
Knowing we are sinners is the issue of the heart we must all come to grips with.
But what are we to do with this sin? The only way to overcome the sin lurking within us is to ask Jesus to take it away. Once we have asked Jesus to come into our lives, saving us from our sin; we must submit to Him as our Lord and allow His Spirit to take up residence in our hearts. Have you asked Jesus in? Have you confessed your need to be saved from the sin lurking within you? If not, will you do so today? It's a matter of believing these things:
1) We are all sinners.(Romans 3:23)
2) Jesus is God's perfect Son. (Luke 9:35)
3) Jesus lived a sinless life. (1 Peter 1:18-19)
4) Jesus died on the cross for the sin of the world; including mine, including yours. (Jonh 3:16)
5) God raised Jesus from death three days after He was crucified. (Acts 2:32)
6) Jesus ascended to heaven where He sits at God's right hand. (Hebrews 1:3)
Do you believe these things? Do you want your sin removed? Then pray this simple prayer:
Father God, I know I am a sinner. I believe Jesus is Your perfect Son whom You sent to live a sinless life only to die a sinners death. I believe He died that death for me. I believe He took all of my sin away when He died on the cross. I believe You raised Jesus to life again so He could conquer death and live forever in heaven seated at Your right hand in the place of honor and power.
Father, I confess my sin today and I ask Jesus to come take it away. Jesus, come be my Savior. Today I submit to Your Lordship in my life. Please send Your Holy Spirit to help me live in obedience to God our Father.
In Your holy name, Jesus, Jesus, Jesus, amen.
If you just prayed that prayer for the first time, welcome to the family! You are now a saint of God (1 Peter 2:9-10), His child (1 John 3:1), and fellow heir with Christ Jesus (Romans 8:17). This is wonderful news! But this doesen't mean you will automatically stop sinning or that your life will be lived without trouble.
Now you must daily submit your life to the Lordship of Christ. You must begin spending time with Him in His Word - reading, studying, praying. It brings God great pleasure when you, as His child, wish to spend time with Him; in much the same way it brings us pleasure when our children want to spend time with us. You must also find a Bible believing church home and begin attending regularly. And finally, you must confess the sin you commit each day.
David says in Psalm 66:18:
"Yet if I had closed my eyes to my sin, the Lord God would have closed His ears to my prayers." (TPT)
Sin in a believers life hinders the Father from hearing our prayers.
As a praying parent I don't want anything to keep God from hearing my prayers for my children. That's why I keep my confession current - daily confessing my sin, daily confessing my need for forgivenness, daily confessing and submitting to Christ's Lordship over my life.
There is no greater privlege and no heavier responsibility than that of praying for our children. We must take serious the issues of our own hearts so God hears our prayers for our children and can work in their hearts.